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    1 year full-time, or 2 years part-time

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    14 August 2018

Course content

Our Forensic Anthropology course is concerned with the application of biological anthropological techniques to the analysis of human skeletal remains within a legal context and provides a vital suite of expertise and skills that can be applied to answer both modern and archaeological questions.

Specialist anthropological skills can contribute, not only to our understanding of the past, but also to the effective investigation of serious incidents in the modern world, particularly murder, genocide and human rights violations within the constraints of the criminal justice system. Such skills have also proved increasingly useful in recent years in the wake of mass disasters, both natural and man-made.

We adopt a team approach to teaching, with each full-time human osteologist having their own specialisms. Other staff have expertise in relevant related subjects including forensic archaeology, crime scene investigation, forensic entomology, law and expert witness testimony, backed up by a team of specialist technicians. We are also one of very few universities to offer you the chance to undertake a simulated mass grave exercise as part of your Master’s degree.

Your learning is further aided by our extensive skeletal collections, spanning the last 5,500 years, as well as a large and varied teaching cast collection.

Watch the pre-recorded BU Webinar ‘Masters Degrees in Sciences’. Presented by Paul Kneller, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Science at the Faculty of Science & Technology, this webinar will give you an excellent insight into the postgraduate courses the faculty offers.


Most of our Forensic Anthropology graduates embark on a career in teaching or future research, however there are many and varied professional opportunities. Specialist anthropological skills can contribute not only to our understanding of the past, but also to the effective investigation of serious incidents in the modern world such as both natural and man-made mass disasters. Forensic Anthropology graduates can therefore enjoy a wide range of career opportunities in a range of disciplines.

Potential job roles

As an MSc Forensic Anthropology graduate, you will be prepared to undertake roles such as:

  • Forensic Scientist
  • Anthropologist
  • Criminologist
  • Lecturer

Visit the Forensic Anthropology MSc page on the Bournemouth University website for more details!





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